August 31, 1972
Hodges, South Carolina
Virginia Stokes, Regent
Mount Ariel Chapter, NSDAR was named for a community that was adjacent to Hodges, located on a sandy ridge said to be the highest ground between Augusta, Georgia, and Greenville, South Carolina. John Hopkins Powers built one of the first homes near Mount Ariel in the middle 1820s. The little village was renamed Cokesbury in 1834. Hodges developed in the mid-1850s, but was first called Cokesbury Junction after the railroad was built in 1852.
The membership of the chapter increased from sixteen to thirty-nine in its first three years, resulting in the State Regent's award for five new junior members and the National Membership Chairman's Award for South Carolina for net membership increase for 1974. Membership has continued to be about thirty since that time.
In 1999, the "Parade of Presidents" show of fashions designed by chapter member, Louise Fleming Aull, was selected to be presented at the National Junior Membership Committee luncheon during Continental Congress. That same year, the chapter achieved for the community of Hodges national recognition as a George Washington Bicentennial Community in the year commemorating Washington's death. The Chapter continues to receive awards for excellence in participation - notably, for its area celebration of Constitution Week.
Through the years, this chapter has been extremely active promoting the objectives of the NSDAR. Specifically, they have worked to mark graves of local Revolutionary War patriots. In recent years, chapter members have served the SCDAR as State Chairmen and State Officers.
Contact Virginia Stokes, Chapter Regent, if you are interested in receiving a personal invitation to our next meeting.
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